I was sitting in our family room with Amber over the weekend, watching it rain for the 13th or 14th consecutive day, and we were enjoying the peace and quiet in the house. It wasn’t the kind of quiet that makes us worry, however. We knew exactly where Kaitlyn was and what she was doing.
What she was doing was continuing to work on the puzzle she had started Thursday, a 750-piece panoramic of assorted Disney films. She was working on it in her puzzle “spot,” the entry by our front door. She most certainly got the patience it takes to put together a puzzle that size from Amber.
The puzzle, as mentioned above, is a panoramic compilation of several Disney classics, including Cinderella, 101 Dalmatians, Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin, and Bambi, along with a few others. It is not one that I would consider “easy” by any stretch of the imagination, but Kaitlyn enjoys the challenge.
In typical Kaitlyn fashion, there is a particular way to complete this puzzle. You might think that she would take a traditional approach to putting together a puzzle of any size, and that would mean starting with building the outside, and then working on it from there. You would be wrong. The only logical way to complete this puzzle, at least to Kaitlyn, is to work on each individual movie as she finds the pieces; she works on one movie at a time, and if it happens to work out that part of the border is completed, that is just pure coincidence. She even has the movies laid out in the particular order she plans on completing them, and it is not necessarily the order they appear on the box.
Back to Saturday. Kaitlyn was working on her puzzle, and Amber happened to get up and walk by, so Kaitlyn took the opportunity to share her progress. She showed off what she had done so far, and asked (and I might be paraphrasing a little bit here), “Do you like my determination in working on this puzzle?” The only answer to that question is a resounding, “Yes!”
I don’t know how long it will take Kaitlyn to finish her puzzle, but I know that she will get it done, and it will be done on her terms. I know that when she puts her mind to something, even when it is something that a “regular” 7-year-old may not even attempt (like a panoramic puzzle that has 750 pieces), she will get it done.